Man ordered to stand trial in 1970 Milwaukee killing

CREATED Nov 19, 2012

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A 73-year-old suspected of a 1970 Milwaukee murder has been ordered to stand trial to determine whether he's sexually violent.

Robert Hill recently finished serving a 10-year sentence for allegedly sexually assaulting four children under the age of 10 between 1995 and 2002.

But police say Hill confessed to the murder of 9-year-old Donna Willing in February 1970 but later recanted. They say he knew details that hadn't been released.

Biological evidence was destroyed or lost in the 1990s that could help convict Hill, so prosecutors are trying to use the state's sex offender law to keep him in custody. A judge determined Monday there's enough evidence to move to trial. Prosecutors will have to prove he's a sexually violent person.

Hill appeared by video Monday from a supervised facility.